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Crossing Europe’s Frontiers #2: Pointless Pyrenean Traffic Jams

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Europe | No Comments
Crossing Europe’s Frontiers #2: Pointless Pyrenean Traffic Jams

We’re all here, nose to tail, thanks to the “border controls” that the French government, brought into force following the Paris November 13th attacks. In a previous article, I documented my recent slow crossing from Belgium into France. That crossing was rip-roaringly rapid in comparison to today’s torpid crawl. This is the real deal, with three 120 kilometre-an-hour lanes slowed to nothing, then funneled into one. It’s a farce.

Saving Antarctica’s Ocean

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Featured | No Comments
Saving Antarctica’s Ocean

In an article for Pan European Networks Science & Technology Magazine, I ask if its possible for members of CCAMLR reach agreement on protecting two vast areas the Antarctic Ocean?

Blather: Opening a Can of Worms on Europe’s Frontiers

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Europe, Featured, Transport | No Comments
Blather: Opening a Can of Worms on Europe’s Frontiers

I wrote about this absurd situation at the Belgium-France Border, along with the anxiety of crossing a national border while carrying a piano, a collection of lampshades and a large collection of worms, over on blather.net. I’ve been running this website that I’ve been running since 1997. It’s been dormant for a while, but with the help of my co-editors, we’re slowly re-vitalising it.

Bonjour Monsieur, what do you have in the coffre?

I have a piano, several lampshades and a box of garden worms.

Cop21: The Poor Mouth in Paris, starring Enda Kenny

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Climate, Ecosystem, Featured | One Comment
Cop21: The Poor Mouth in Paris, starring Enda Kenny

Ireland’s dear and glorious leader, Taoiseach Enda Kenny stood manfully astride the COP21 podium in Paris. Holding the lectern in a white-knuckled embrace, Enda rolled out Ireland’s comprehensive plan for taking global leadership on climate change, and he would personally corner Hollande, Obama, Merkel, Putin and Xi Jinping and the rest of them into finally saving the planet.

The Blame Everyone Game

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Articles, Human Rights | No Comments
The Blame Everyone Game

I paused at a crossroads. An image of a postcard flashed into my head. A postcard I received from my friend Donal, years and years ago. A black and white image showing two hands barely meeting across a map, with three commandments in red strips overlaid: Admit Nothing. Blame Everyone. Be Bitter.

Svalbard’s Global Seed Vault back in the News

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Ecosystem, Polar | No Comments
Svalbard’s Global Seed Vault back in the News

The Global Seed Vault, located the top of the world, on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, is back in the news – for the first time seeds are being taken from the bank for one of the reasons it was created – to supply and safeguard seeds in a time war.

Welcome, Earthlings

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Articles, Human Rights | 2 Comments
Welcome, Earthlings

As I write this, I’m sitting in a café in Brussels (where hundreds of refugees are camped in parks, understandably turning down government dormitory accommodation). I’m Irish. I live here, for now. I migrated here, but I’m not a refugee. But look at the history of the Irish diaspora, or that of your own country. Look at how many people in your family or friends are descended from or connected someone who was displaced by war or crushing economic pressures, and think, did any of these people – the Syrians stranded on the beaches of Kos, or arriving in Munich ever dream they would become refugees?

Russia and Norway: You’ve ‘saved’ the Arctic, now it’s time to protect the Antarctic

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Ecosystem, Polar | No Comments
Russia and Norway: You’ve ‘saved’ the Arctic, now it’s time to protect the Antarctic

Russia and Norway have signed a joint declaration to protect the Arctic Ocean. Shouldn’t they do the same for the Antarctic? An official statement released on January 23rd by Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries, announced that “Russia and Norway will sign a declaration on preventing unregulated fishing in the Arctic Ocean, helping to conserve the Arctic”.

Russia, how long must we wait?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in News | No Comments
Russia, how long must we wait?

Until the end of the month, the officials from 24 countries – plus the EU – will consider a range of issues, the most notorious of which is the long-delayed establishment of marine reserves in the Ross Sea and in the waters of East Antarctica. I can’t tell you what’s happening at the meeting so far, as CCAMLR meets behind closed doors.

The Last of Our Kind

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in News | No Comments
The Last of Our Kind

Beautiful and poignant reaction by my sister, Suzanne Walsh, to this weeks news of walrus beachings in the Arctic, and the deplorable global loss of our fellow animals.